Pros: Very Easy to Ride on rough trails and the road in many conditions.
The tough frame can take a serious beating and is able to withstand massive pressure.
It's a fun bike to take to it's limits.
Cons: I eventually had to get the Derailers replaced because I managed to bend them to the point of not being able to change gears.
For whatever reason, I bought the bike with disc brakes in the front and linear brakes in the back. The linear brakes need to be changed every 2 months or so, which is annoying but very cheap, but the disc brake pads have only been replaced once since i've bought the bike.
The Original pedals were complete shit so I got some Primo aftermarket metal pedals. Completely worthit.
Recommendation: My first Mountain Bike, extremely reliable and the paintjob adds a bit of character to the bike. If you're looking for a beginner dirt jumper for a smaller amount of money, this is my #1 choice.
Pros: looks and rides great, fork suspension is soft. 29er so it travels well on rough terrain
Cons: brakes are LOUD and i've been riding a handful of times on trail. pedals feel like it should be replaced to something better because i keep slipping off on drops or high roots. tried my friend's aftermarket pedals that were wider and plastic....seemed better at foot planting.
Recommendation: other than my brakes being extremely loud (no exaggeration), the bike is great for beginner-intermediate people who do trails for recreation. handles and keeps up with thousand-dollar bikes
Pros: Geometry is great for taller riders. Great handling. Decent components for the pricepoint.
Cons: Could be a little lighter in weight.
Didn't so much care for the silver bars and stem.
Recommendation: I have had this bike for a couple of months now and absolutely love it. I am an experienced road bike rider but relatively new to mountain biking, so I didn't want to spend a ton of money just in case I didn't enjoy it. I got a great deal from my LBS and now my road bike is collecting dust. The G2 geometry provides for great handling for a hardtail and fits a taller rider well. All I have done to this bike is get rid of the silver bars and stem and replaced them with slightly upgraded oversized black parts. I would definately recommend the Gary Fisher Marlin Disc to beginners, medium level riders and those who want a real good bike without spending a ton of cash.
Pros: I have owned a Marlin for 5 years, and it has really been a flawless ride. I bought it as a good "entry level" bike, but the quality components, strong frame, comfortable but agile geometry, and relatively light weight have really made it a bike to stick with. My wife quickly became hooked to her new Marlin last year, too, for the same reasons.
Cons: None. For the money, this bike rides like something a lot more expensive.
Recommendation: This is an outstanding bike for first-time and recreational riders looking for an "all around" hardtail that can handle singletrack with agility, holds up well on downhill runs, churns through sand and mud and climbs well. Get out and ride one!
Pros: Good fit
Nice Adjustable Shock
Recommendation: I have just rode this bike a little bit. I had a Trek 4500, and this bike feels so much better. I know they are basically the same, but the frame makes the ride feel so much more different and smooth. The variable shock has a lot more range and is quite effective for switching from street to singletrack, if absolutely necessary.
Pros: Geometric shape, Strong frame, components can be upgraded easily
Cons: none so far
Recommendation: I just got this bike a couple of months ago and I haven't had any kinds of problems with it. I went from riding a Giant Cypress Hybrid to this because I'm getting more and more into trail riding and the hybrid wasn't going to hold out much longer I think. This bike is a good deal, especially if you can get the bike shop to cut you a deal. It has mide range components that can be upgraded easily if you want. Also the frame is shaped a little differently which is a huge plus for shorter people because the cross bar sits lower than on a regular bike. I would definitely reccommend this bike to beginners or for people that can ride but just aren't out there everyday and can't afford to go to the top level bike.